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Poster: Skobud Date: Mar 7, 2012 6:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Mosque

Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right….


5/25/77
The Mosque
Richmond, VA

At one point while I was listening to this show, I thought how Dick would have never picked this one for an official release. He did pick 5/22 however, which is pretty much a barnburner from start to finish and a very, very different type of show. One of the things that make the GD so great in my opinion is the fact that each show can have elements so completely different – yet both are so uniquely fucking awesome. What a perfect example of that point this one is. This show is more heart and less adrenaline, and more hypnotic than psychedelic in my opinion. It has that intangible “I can feel it” vibe that makes good shows great and great shows amazing. This smoker is surely the latter. The warm environment created by Jerry’s incredible vocals and damn-near perfect playing make this one a fantastic start to the Dave’s picks series. As you can already tell, I really enjoyed giving this a totally blind first listen.

The tone is literally set by the first few notes of the Mississippi opener, which ever so delicate while still maintaining a full steam ahead type of feel. Jerry’s vocals strike me immediately – spot on and sounding like Summer ’76, which happens to be my favorite period for his vocals. So smooth out of the gate, totally unlike so many shows that come busting out from the jump. Jack Straw comes next, and simply put its one of the best ever imo. I was so impressed by this after the first listen I stopped the show and tried to think of a better version off the top of my head – I couldn’t. There may be more adrenaline inducing versions out there, but this one is all heart and damn near perfect. Wound so beautifully, it takes my new top spot for the tune. At this point is when I knew something truly special was in the air this evening. TLEO rolls out next every bit as smooth as the first two tunes. Again, spot on playing. Time is perfect and the boys sound so in synch right here. You probably coulda blindfolded all of them at this point and it would not have made a difference. Incredible. Next up is Mexicali, which I spoke about recently as a barometer for a show – in other words, put on any Mexicali from any show and you can pretty much tell what kind of night Jerry is having. Perfect example right here. Jerry starts crazy pickin’ even before Bobby starts the rhythm. I don’t believe that I have ever heard him do that before. If there is such a thing as a monster Mexicali I would say this is it. Jerry tears shit up at a low level behind Bobby the entire tune – goodtimey yeehaw love right there. Bang up job boys. Jerry then rolls Peggy-O out next, and the warmth he creates with this sea shanty is incredible. First ballad in and he just nails it. Again, his vocals here are a thing of beauty. The solo is so soft and heavy, just exactly perfect for my taste. Ive always had a soft spot for this one. Well Done. Next up is Cassidy, and this is where I really started noticing the awesome tone of the Bean this evening. Perfectly in tune, and wonderfully played. Phil also really starts to shine here, and his punchy bass lines really fatten up the sound tonight. This one is another example of how on the band really is this evening. This version is pulled off seemingly without any effort, and even Donna is totally on point tonight. Jerry’s solos are nonstop and Bobby dominates. Wow. Not usually a huge Cassidy fan, but this one had a jammed out Bird Song-ish feel to it. Really nice. Next up they roll out the second ballad of the evening, Loser. Jerome is definitely pulling at heart strings and toying with peoples emotions here – and I love it when he does that. Classic storytelling which conjures up images of the most desperate of men, Jerry lays this down like the old soul he already is. Loved it. So they roll out LL>Supplication next, and I have an extremely hard time giving this an unbiased review because I do not care for this combo – and that is putting it kindly. It was well played though, and I didn’t hate it as much as usual. After the disco break, they boys roll out a very still sounding BEW. Awesome placement and Jerry sounds so soulful here, like he’s telling a story about something that just happened to him. I realize I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but Jerry absolutely owns every song he does so far this evening. We round out the first set with a beautifully ramped up Promised Land – are you freakin kiddin me? WOW. How could you not be on your feet dancing after this ferocious wind up. Talk about slamming the door on the way out..Holy moly - now that was really something. Smiling from ear to ear, I am stoked after the first listen of the first set. Why have I not heard of this show before? Magic is straight up happening, and I can feel this show elevating my mood. That’s awesome, and so was that first set.

The second set begins with an outstanding, somewhat docile Scarlett>Fire. When I say docile does that no way imply slow or uneventful. It more like a trance inducing reggae groove, with a lighter than air feel to it. Right from the first few notes I knew I would love this combo. Quick without being fast, maintaining plenty of room for Jerry to roam. Let me mention Donna again here – she sounds fantastic tonight. Her vocal solo absolutely stirs the shit outta the crowd; and they love her for it this evening. The best way I can put it to you is I got completely lost in this one…Just one song... I had no idea how long it was nor did I care. I was hypnotized on an aural level, and I dig that shit. The transition into Fire is where I was taken by the ever so subtle change and the beefy wah of the Mutron taking over the groove. Jerry calms it right down and they follow him ever so gracefully into a fully blown transcendental state, which is tonight’s Fire On the Mountain. His vocals fill the room like ice cold lemonade on a hot day. Refreshing and sweet, soothing and light this unreal version is pure hypno-Jerry at its finest. After the first verse and chorus, the licks start pouring outta the Bean like a tidal wave of tripped out butterflies rushing the crowd. This is wonderful head music right here. I loved this Scarlett>Fire and again – another absolute gem from this show. After coming to a brief full stop, Bobby starts counting it off and you know right where they are going – Estimated. They drop right in and let the groove loose once again. Bobby sounds great and Jerry lays this one down perfectly. Not too quick and maintaining that steady climb into the deep end. When Jerry finally takes flight, its more like a low flying glider than Apollo 13. Drifting in and out of a dream like state, perfectly comfortable exploring this groove right where he is at. Never rushed, never forced, and always right on time. After Jerry’s done exploring, they transition into He’s Gone. Nothing too crazy, but they definitely turn the corner here smooth as silk. Drop in, kick back and listen to Jerry’s tale of woe. As laid back as the night gets, yet still very heavy at the same time. They melt this into a kinda unique, albeit truncated Drums. It sounds to me like an a Art Blakey-ish at the beginning, and then they both start swinging like Big Band style. Very different and very cool. On point with the hypnotic feel, without going too tribal-cheese on you. They do a little false start TOO, and then they drop the heater on ya. Just exactly what I thought, our first ride on a V2 this evening – I figured it was coming sooner or later. Immediately I notice Phil stepping right up and straight up dominating. Nice punchy bombs abound and Jerry begins the ascent. Ramping nicely this TOO is definitely sounding hot. Bobby sounds like he almost blew out his larynx on the first verse, and Jerry maintains that galloping feel with the usual onslaught he provides during this tune. Scales abound, the all business Garcia takes this one into almost a march of sorts, then gently brings this one in. Phil sounds as if he wants another go – but not yet is Jerry’s answer. They land ever so gently in the form of the first few licks of Rat. Man is that smoooth. I smile with a smirky grin, and just soak this shit in. Insanely good and perhaps the ballad of the night. I love this song – the beautiful picture Jerry paints. I got a chill when he sang the opening August West verse – I know you’ve all been there before…This is one sweet Rat right here. Pure bliss. Slowly but surely they start coming around again – some trippy little interplay happenen before Phil busts them back into full blown bezerker mode TOO. The first two minutes after Rat is full on Phil bliss. Shit explodes everywhere as re-entry has officially begun. One more go round and Jerry backs them waay off again for the transition of the night into Wheel. Magical is how I describe that transition, and once again we are gliding home. This particular Wheel evokes themes of well being and hope that really shine through. Perfect placement and incredibly well played. Yet another tune that totally gets me when its done just right – and this one surely delivers. Smile inducing classic GD love all around, its time close the show. They bust straight into Around and Around and do JBG for the encore. I would say that this is the only part of the show that did not blow me away. I mean – I knew the Chuck Berry close was coming because of the first set closer, but I really coulda used a Dew. Both tunes were done very well though, and I can imagine how wonderful everyone felt when those lights came up after two speedy dancin’ tunes in a row. You know that feeling – the second the house lights come up and you look around and see everyone – and then just give your brother a hug. That’s how I see this one as ending for everyone that went. Big grin, big hug – see you down the road.

Thoughts on this one – What a wonderful show from arguably the best month of the bands career. Heavy on the ballads, Jerry goes right for the heart and soul of the crowd. So heavy and smooth, this exercise in transcendental flight leaves an impression without question, and soaks the listener in the warmth of the vibe. This show is a completely unique experience that left me feeling like I just ate a space cake – full body buzz with a grin. This is a remarkable show by any standard and I give this my very highest recommendation. Jerry was definitely channeling some Obi-Wan this evening.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 7, 2012 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

That ladies and gentleman is one way to write a show review. Thank-you Skobud! The formatting really works, even though those long paragraphs can be hard to see/read through properly, I didn't have any problems. The piece interested me enough to go explore a year that isn't on my friends list. The ending images were excellent and really brought it all together. Listening now and will be back to update.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Mar 7, 2012 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

waaay mobetter than any of my show reviews, which usually consist of "I liked that show!" or "it sucked"

really, a grate review, skobud!

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Poster: Skobud Date: Mar 8, 2012 5:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

Thanks for the kind words everyone, I really appreciate it.

Also - I made the cover art because I was inspired, but also to replace that freakin' abomination of a cover that came with the official release. That has to be the most ridiculous art yet outta Rhino.

This post was modified by Skobud on 2012-03-08 13:21:19

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Mar 7, 2012 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

Nice review skobud.

I agree with you on 76 as a being a pinnacle for jerry's voice. I think he sounds great, even though I spend little time in the 76 realm.

I'll have to check out that jack straw, always looking for a killer version of the song. Even though seemingly all jstraws pale in comparison to that version i always talk about.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 8, 2012 10:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

If you're looking for some 76 material, just about anything from the Spring East Coast run is just fantastic. There is a myriad of outstanding sources for all the shows and well worth some listening time.

Just my 2 cents.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Mar 8, 2012 11:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

wanna link me to some particular?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 8, 2012 11:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

A few to start:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-03.mtx.seamons.91912.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-09.sbd.miller.95399.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-10.matrix.tobin.84985.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-14.sbd.hollister.13966.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-17.mtx.seamons.91861.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Mar 8, 2012 11:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

cool thanks.

I always really enjoyed 6/28/76. I think it has one of the best high times ive ever heard, with donna being certainly a positive addition (thats unique). the eyes, fire jam as well as some other jams from the show are delectable.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Mar 8, 2012 5:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

Which one ios that? Id like to hear it.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Mar 8, 2012 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

1987-04-06. Tis quite rockin, the rest of the show is pretty smokin as well. Was just on GDhour over the past few weeks.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd87-04-06.sbd-matrix.hinko.19848.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Mar 8, 2012 9:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

Best part is our favorite reviewer weighs in on this show:

Reviewer: jboyaquar - - June 8, 2005
Subject: Decent, but by no means an all-star night.
1st Set: So, it's the final "Dancin...," huh? Undeniably a surprise... this version is good-time chill but the vocals are thin, and the outro jam's ambition is non-existant. "Franklin"'s is well-played but again rather abrupt and lacks that dynamic construct. Jerry provides the inspiration for a standard "Rooster." "Peggy" has a comforting stroll. "Uncle"'s got an assertive backbeat, wish there was more spitfire in the vocals. "Mexicali" is professional, tho to Weire' credit, his rhythm is sounding crisp. "Push" is 'Push.' Blah. "Jack" promises some power and they deliver; Jerry's casacading climactic drive is wonderful. "Deal" segues in on a high, but only continues in standard fashion.

2nd Set: "Stranger," uh-oh...I sense a '1st set songs thrown in 2nd set' feel tonight. Ideally these songs would be extended cause they're being reserved for the meat of the gig. Too bad these ideals are rarely realized. "Stranger" is muted, "Cumberland" is sung without urgency and the music's bland. Yay, "Tons..." ehhhh... Wow, a "Saint" too... Geez, they are determined to shush up this Meadowlands crowd. Face it, 'Saint' always opens awkwardly when not preceded by a 'Sailor.' There's some tense Jerry work building to the climax that Bobby kills by mistiming most of his yelps. After the requisite "Drums/Space," we're treated to a weakly sung "Terrapin," tho Mydland injects some intensity with his synths...This "OO" is rather jazzy but doesn't deviate far from the theme. "Stella"'s quite a fine version. "Sugar" is run of the mill, but the residue from "Stella" brings me to tears when Jerry chooses to encore with "Black Muddy." Just an incredible reservoir of warmth and humanity in those scracthy pipes of that cherubic man.

More of a 2 1/2 than three... But I've been told people will like you more if you slightly inflate what their fair grade should be.

... that cherubic man....

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Mar 8, 2012 10:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

" blue" thanks so much for sharing the brilliance of jboyaur. I sense a power in the force I haven't felt since DSO played this show

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Mar 8, 2012 10:24am
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And they played it better!

So, know anyone that wants to buy a Captain Beefheart painting or the original artwork that Waiting for Columbus used and that the album was named after? They took the title from the artwork. Looking...

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Mar 8, 2012 7:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

In the short time since you exposed me to this one I've recommended this version to a few people who all agree Jerry's solo is the best and most intense they've heard on a JS.

GREAT review Skobud! I dig the artwork too.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Mar 9, 2012 1:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

cheers to that. I mean i'd love to find one even better than 1987-04-06, but it always holds up as the top dog. Just perfect execution from the entire band.

hey have you ever listened to any shostakovich? (i think i recall you talking about some symphony shit...?). Been listening to his string quartet number 8 a lot lately, its fucking awesome.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Mar 7, 2012 8:03am
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I love this period, and this show also . How ever, you can throw a rock and hit many a show that is pretty near as good as this/better in this period . If not their best period, certainly one that is up there .

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Mar 7, 2012 6:50am
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Most overrated

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Poster: Skobud Date: Mar 8, 2012 5:15am
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What would be your suggestion for underrated from May '77?

After loving this one so much and not really listening to much May '77, Im definately all ears for any suggestions.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Mar 8, 2012 6:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

Mr. Bud,

Some may say I'm biased but I've always enjoyed this show from Tuscaloosa (1977-05-17). Here's a nicely-boomy AUD (there's some SBDs too (if that's the way you swing)).

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-17.aud.maizner.minches.88771.flac16

The setlist is interesting in that the second set seems stuffed to overflowing:
Samson And Delilah ->
Bertha ->
Good Lovin'
Brown Eyed Women
Estimated Prophet
Terrapin Station ->
Playing In The Band ->
Drums ->
Wharf Rat ->
Playing In The Band

Encore
Sugar Magnolia

It's almost like TWO second sets AND you must remember that they just finished the first set with Scarlet>Fire. This could very well be the last 1st-set S>F they ever played. And while they continue to open some second sets with Bertha, I believe, you don't see many 2nd-set BEWs after this—it's like a holdover from the pre-hiatus setlists.

Roll Tide Roll,
Judge TOOTMO

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Poster: Skobud Date: Mar 8, 2012 8:03am
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Nice...You are the second person today to point this one out to me. Ill definately be checking it out soon.

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Poster: Space Jogger Date: Mar 7, 2012 7:54am
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Outstanding review. Dead.net could use more write ups like that. Makes me want to checkout more of this show...

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Mar 8, 2012 3:01am
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Surprised to hear to don't much care for Cassidy, which I think is Weir and Barlows finest tune, and one that just got better and better with the years. A great acoustic tune during those Warfield and Radio City runs too - the end jam often made a first set and if played with say a Birdsong, really meant the band was ready to jam...

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Poster: adks12020 Date: Mar 7, 2012 6:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Mosque

This is one of my favorite shows. It's a mainstay in my driving rotation..the perfect way to pass a long, early morning drive to the mountains when I'm heading out for a hike.

I've had a few people that like the Dead but aren't really familiar what shows they should listen to. This is always one of them, along with the L'Olympia and Veneta shows from '72, Spectrum from '73 and a few others.